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The Value of Powerlessness

“Power, according to Jesus and the Trinity, is not something to be “grasped at” (see Philippians 2:6-7). I don’t need to cling to my title, my uniform, my authorship, or whatever other trappings I use to make myself feel powerful … Continue reading

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Letting Go for Lent – Control

We have entered the season of Lent, a period of 40 days before Easter when Christians traditionally lament over their sins and then, in response, choose something to give up such as chocolate or Facebook or alcohol. The idea is to … Continue reading

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A Refined Life

“May all your expectations be frustrated, may all your plans be thwarted, may all your desires be withered into nothingness, that you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God … Continue reading

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Powerlessness Case Study

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION  My husband woke up cranky today.  Maybe it’s because he’s sick. Maybe it’s because he just has a cranky personality. Whatever the reason, he said something very mean. I automatically defaulted immediately to my … Continue reading

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Are You the Center of the Universe?

LIVING AS APPRENTICES Recently I spoke with someone who had just walked through a major misstep in life which has consequences for the future for several people. The person said, “I just didn’t see that coming.” I asked, “And if … Continue reading

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On Harmony and Mindfulness

THE TWELVE STEPS AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION “For Jesus, and thus for we who strive to follow him, to glorify God comes down to this: to faithfully finish whatever God gives us to do. To face with courage all the moments of our lives—challenging and joyful, tedious and fearful and glad—without … Continue reading

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Prayer for 2014

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I’ve been teaching a class on the Twelve Steps and Spiritual Formation this winter and will start the class with a new group in early January.  (I’m using the book Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr – … Continue reading

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